IIHS Names Nine Toyota Models Top Safety Pick+
Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests a wide variety of vehicles to determine their crashworthiness. And each year, the IIHS releases two lists—one for vehicles deemed Top Safety Picks, and one for Top Safety Picks +. This year, Toyota was the manufacturer with the most models on the Top Safety Pick+ list.
Of the 48 vehicles that earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating, Toyota vehicles accounted for nine. These vehicles included the Scion iA, Lexus CT 200h, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius v, Lexus ES, Toyota Avalon, Lexus RC, Toyota RAV4, and Lexus NX.
The Toyota Avalon received automatic braking for the 2016 model year, helping solidify it as the only Top Safety Pick+ in the Large Family Car segment. In addition, the all-new Scion iA was the only vehicle in the Minicar segment, as well as being one of only a handful that offered front crash prevention as a standard feature rather than an optional feature.
The IIHS made its tests even more stringent for 2016, which knocked numerous models off the list. The Toyota Highlander and Sienna were both named Top Safety Pick+ for 2015, but didn’t perform well enough in the small overlap front test for inclusion in the latest list.
When asked what to look out for when purchasing a new vehicle, IIHS president Adrian Lund advises drivers to “Ask for autobrake and forward collision warning features…Look for good ratings in IIHS evaluations and at least 4 of 5 stars from NHTSA. And remember that larger, heavier vehicles offer the best protection in a crash.”
Or, alternatively, just go with a Toyota.
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Dawn Carberry is the digital marketing manager and the head blogger for the Haddad Automotive Group, located in the city of Pittsfield in Western MA. The Haddad Auto Group includes Haddad Toyota, Haddad Subaru, Haddad Hyundai, and Haddad Nissan new car dealerships, and Haddad of South County used cars.